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Evidence Emerges That Obama Administration Official Knew of IRS Targeting During 2012 Campaign
CBS News ^ | May 18, 2013 | Margaret Brennan

Posted on 05/18/2013 11:41:49 PM PDT by Steelfish

May 18, 2013 Evidence Emerges That Obama Administration Official Knew of IRS Targeting During 2012 Campaign

By Margaret Brennan (CBS News) WASHINGTON - There were new questions Saturday night concerning if anyone in the White House was aware of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.

Inspector General Russell George said he informed a deputy at the Treasury Department in June of 2012 about the probe into the IRS.

The Treasury Department confirmed the timeline but said they did not know the details of the investigation until last week.

It's the first evidence that someone within the Obama administration knew about the practice during the presidential campaign.

It is unknown whether anyone in the White House was told of the federal investigation.

Republican Congressman Aaron Schock serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the IRS.

"We don't have any reason to believe at this point that it was anybody outside the IRS directing them to do this," said Schock. "Obviously there's been claims that the White House might have been involved and other groups. I don't have any reason to believe that."

Special Section: IRS Targeting Controversy

He says the IRS' behavior was criminal, claiming it hurt the ability of conservative groups to fundraise and that limited their influence.

"Until we know who it was responsible for the activities, we need to continue to investigate," Schock said.

A six-month-long investigation by the inspector general failed to pinpoint exactly who made the decision to subject some applications to extra scrutiny.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


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1 posted on 05/18/2013 11:41:49 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

hopefully the boil of corruption is abotu to pop as it’s caused too much pain to bear


2 posted on 05/18/2013 11:47:31 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop
If they can't get names of the higher ups, start squeezing the "low level" folks until they start pointing them out.

Why hasn't this been looked at as depriving a bunch of Americans of their "civil rights"

3 posted on 05/19/2013 12:31:27 AM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Steelfish

What people don’t realize is that the IRS rigged the election of 2012 for Obama and the democrats/socialists in the Senate.

This is complete oppression , tyranny and rigging an election. OBama’s IRS basically shut down the tea party to rig the election:

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told the tale of one of his constituents who applied for tax-exempt status for her Tea Party group in July 2010. Twenty months later she got her first response from the IRS, a letter with dozens of questions. She answered them all, but she’s still waiting for approval. However, during the intervening three years she was visited by the FBI’s domestic terrorism unit, had four additional FBI inquiries, had both her personal and business taxes audited and been the subject of an OSHA inspection.

Obama used The IRS, EPA, OSHA, CIA to silence and cripple his political opponents and therefore rigged the election of 2012. But Obama and the media wants to believe Obama didn’t know all his gov agencies were intimidating and shutting down tea party groups.


4 posted on 05/19/2013 12:39:22 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Not now, Not ever!

Agree. In my opinion, this also involves a governmental effort to deny people of their civil rights based on political or religious thought.

I’m glad to see that CBS is finally getting involved.


5 posted on 05/19/2013 12:48:16 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: CottShop

Well, I have reason to believe that the WH was involved. I say - guilty until proven innocent. Sure, that isn’t the way our law works, but what difference does it make now? The IRS treats everyone like they are guilty,so, turn about is fair play.


6 posted on 05/19/2013 12:59:46 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Democrat_media
The problem is ? is getting the news of this and alerting as many people as possible about this corruption.
Perhaps some people with mega bucks can place full page ads all across the USA in as many news papers as possible.
Also ? just like the political ads perhaps some people with mega bucks can buy some TV time on prime time and tell the American people about this.
7 posted on 05/19/2013 1:21:43 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist
Good idea.

Yes the problem is the media is not really covering this.

Even on this thread on a conservative site people believe the media is covering this. the media are not covering it(explaining this to some even on this site would take more time than I have at this second). people even on this site think the media is fair or actually reports news.

8 posted on 05/19/2013 1:29:43 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Democrat_media
Who was that oil guy or some old guy who took out full page ads with the last name Pickens who told us all about how wonderful those windmills are and help our country ?
Anyway I remember someone with big bucks took out full page ads all across the country.
Might as well place this news of these scandals on bill boards all across the country and buy TV time all across the country.

" It's 11 O'clock do you know where your scandals are ? "

" How many scandals does it take to wake up America ? "

" If this is suppose to be the smartest president and administration ever ? then how come they don't know so much ? "

" Do you trust a president who says " The dog ate my home work " after being ask about the truth ?

If the Main Stream Media does not report it ? then ? the American people and some people with big bucks should place news paper ads, buy TV time, and place bill boards all across this country.

9 posted on 05/19/2013 1:47:11 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Steelfish

I want to believe something positive is going to result from all this. But I fear nothing will befall the IRS, which should be dismantled and is leaders prosecuted today.

It’s certainly a fine spectacle, seeing these thugs publicly upbraided, but do we reasonably hope any structural change to the IRS will occur? Or are the congresscritters just once again putting on a show, manufacturing a lot of noise, only to go silent like they did re F&F?


10 posted on 05/19/2013 2:25:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Steelfish

Of coarse they are, they designed it to work this way. Why do you think the former was promoted and is running obamacare thru the very same agency.


11 posted on 05/19/2013 3:27:10 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: Steelfish

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1261720.ece

Google.......one of many who pay to play


12 posted on 05/19/2013 3:42:34 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: ScottinVA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/irs-stalled-conservative-groups-but-gave-speedy-approval-to-obama-foundation/2013/05/16/90c53e8a-be57-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story.html

Nice to see we support Kenya


13 posted on 05/19/2013 3:45:05 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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What role did Geithner play in this?


14 posted on 05/19/2013 4:43:55 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Steelfish
There's a potentially big story that is currently being ignored in much of the media, namely that IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins--an Obama appointee--was informed of the targeting of conservatives in August of 2011. This information is revealed in the IG report.

Meet William J. Wilkins -- the President's Man at the IRS

15 posted on 05/19/2013 5:41:25 AM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Democrat_media

This why we are buying all the ammunition we can afford.


16 posted on 05/19/2013 6:02:17 AM PDT by Lockbar (The guy that fires the last bullet gets to write the history books,)
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To: Democrat_media
Obama used The IRS, EPA, OSHA, CIA to silence and cripple his political opponents and therefore rigged the election of 2012.

And the FBI, but who is counting. This is the narrative.

17 posted on 05/19/2013 6:06:48 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: Steelfish

BOzo was looking sheepish before the elections. He knew and was nervous about being caught. The conservatives were right all along about these crooks. SO WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO PRISON?! ( Hillary included)


18 posted on 05/19/2013 6:09:31 AM PDT by jetson
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To: Steelfish

Judge Pirro at her best yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Tf9HRxi5g

Share with everyone including the clueless.


19 posted on 05/19/2013 6:51:04 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: AHerald

0’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer is on the Sunday shows saying Issa knew about the targeting, before the elections, too. This should be easy to prove. Hopefully, it’s just more smoke coming out of their, er, fire.


20 posted on 05/19/2013 6:57:52 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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BOMBSHELL.......Clinton factotum Lanny Davis is claiming that the White House Counsel knew of targeting (AKA suppressing the conservative vote) a couple of weeks BEFORE telling Ohaha. Does ANYONE believe for even a second that the White House Counsel wouldn’t tell Zero as soon as he heard about it?

We need to start getting traction on this soon....before the Ohaha mob uses their criminal Chicago political skills to skate on this.

They are the kingpins of political crime----they know every trick in the book.

Btw, tell me, again. What exactly does Valerie Jarrett do in the WH?

21 posted on 05/19/2013 6:58:58 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Steelfish

The guys I want to see before congress are the two rogue agents in Cincinatti. Then roll them up. Why do we have to endure these higher level idiots.


22 posted on 05/19/2013 7:00:59 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Jane Long
0’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer is on the Sunday shows saying Issa knew about the targeting, before the elections, too. This should be easy to prove. Hopefully, it’s just more smoke coming out of their, er, fire.

I only saw Pfeiffer on Fox, and wasn't clear on what he was claiming Issa knew. Knowing there was an IG investigation into targeting claims isn't the same as knowing that conservatives were in fact being targeted. My guess is that's going to be the distinction with Issa.

Regardless, I'm not sure what the WH is trying to imply regarding Issa. He's not in charge of the IRS. He had long called for investigations into the targeting claims. If he had no first hand knowledge of targeting and was only aware of an investigation then he acted appropriately. It's to be expected that he had a heads up on an investigation because of his oversight authority. Lots of people knew there was an IG investigation into the targeting claims. Heck, Jack Lew said it was published on a govt. web site.

The White House claims specifically regarding the knowledge of the IG investigation (only informed a few weeks ago) strain credulity. We now know that senior Treasury officials and Obama's appointee to the Chief Counsel of the IRS all had knowledge of the targeting conservatives approximately 1-2 years before the IG investigation began. That this knowledge was not shared with the WH is hard to believe.

23 posted on 05/19/2013 8:14:50 AM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: AHerald

Agree completely. Like you said, Issa is not in charge of the IRS. Just more of their distraction/shell games.


24 posted on 05/19/2013 8:32:57 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Catsrus

[[Well, I have reason to believe that the WH was involved]]

Me to- in fact I’m nearly 100% certain they did- however, provign it is antoher thign altogether


25 posted on 05/19/2013 10:18:22 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Steelfish

—— “We don’t have any reason to believe at this point that it was anybody outside the IRS directing them to do this,” -——

Still don’t even have the names of the “rogue agents.”

This investigation is a joke.


26 posted on 05/19/2013 10:21:45 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Catsrus
Well, I have reason to believe that the WH was involved. guilty until proven innocent.
Sure, that isn’t the way our law works, but what difference does it make now? The IRS treats everyone like they are guilty,so, turn about is fair play.
Guilty until proven innocent is the appropriate standard for judging politically. All those “negative liberties” such as the First Amendment presume that the government will be tempted to violate them. And the very standard of “innocent until proven guilty” can only be applied to defendants by presuming that the prosecutor is “guilty” (of wrongfully charging someone with a crime) until proven innocent.
And of course when Mr. Obama says “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon,” he is dissociating himself from Zimmerman - and creating a presumption that the prosecutor of a man who was originally deemed innocent by the police is currying favor with the highest-ranking personage in the country.

27 posted on 05/19/2013 10:32:33 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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